As the COVID-19 lockdown continues to prevent most of us from living our daily lives and means that there aren’t any sports to watch (or bet on), we finally have some good news… Sports!… Finally!
While major leagues like the MLB, NBA and NHL have yet to return, there have been reports of these leagues making preparations to either resume, or in the case of the MLB, start their seasons.
Other reports in Europe say that the German Bundesliga is slated to return as early as May 16. This is all exciting news, but a lot is still up in the air.
With that being said, lets look at some actual sports that have been confirmed so we can finally get back to watching and betting on sports!
Finally we have a real sporting event to be excited about as UFC 249 has been given the green light and boasts a stacked card that goes down Saturday from VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida. The event will be completed without fans in the stands.
In the main event, Justin Gaethje faces Tony Ferguson for the interim lightweight championship with the winner earning a date with Khabib Nurmagomedov. Ferguson is seeing the majority of the betting action so far. He opened as a -185 favorite and has since moved up to -205. Gaethje is a +155 underdog.
In the co-main event, veteran Dominick Cruz makes his first walk to the cage in more than three years when he takes on Henry Cejudo for the bantamweight championship. Bettors like Cruz as the underdog here. Cejudo opened as the -270 favorite with Cruz at +195, but now the champ is down to -210 with the challenger at +160. Get the best odds and highest limits at 5Dimes.
Francis Ngannou is the biggest favourite on the main card at -300 in his bout against Jairzinho Rozenstruik. Given the firepower between those two heavyweights, it’s no surprise that that bout is the favourite to be the shortest fight on the card at +110 as well.
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The preliminary card is well worth checking out as well. It’s topped off with an exciting rematch between Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone and Anthony “Showtime” Pettis. The latest UFC 249 odds have Pettis to come out on top again at -160, but we’re seeing a lot of support for Cerrone at +125.
You can also bet on UFC 249’s total number of decisions (over/under 5.5) knockouts/technical knockouts (5.5) and submissions (1.5) or take a chance with a UFC piñata prop that picks a total number of round for the event at +2500.
After this event, the UFC plans to hold two more in the next week again from the same stadium in Jacksonville – Wednesday, May 13 and Saturday May 16.
With golf courses starting to open up now, a few PGA stars are doing their part to help in COVID-19 relief. On May 17, Rory McIlroy will partner with Dustin Johnson in a skins game against Rickie Fowler and Matthew Wolff at Seminole Beach Club in Juno, Florida.
All of the $4-mililon purse will be donated to relief charities. Early odds had McIlroy and Johnson as -250 favorites, but they’ve dipped to -226 since.
E-Sports are running in full-force during the pandemic, with CS:GO ESL One Road to Rio in full swing. If you’re looking to bet on CS:GO, Overwatch, Call of Duty or any e-sport, check out Bovada for the best odds and game selection.
Until next time, stay safe and Happy Betting!